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Nathan Redmond would welcome competition from England senior stars for European U21 Championships

06:30 23 October 2014

Norwich City

Norwich City's Nathan Redmond has a shot on goal during the UEFA Euro Under-21 2015 Qualifying Play-Off match between England and Croatia at Molineux, Wolverhampton. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA

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Nathan Redmond says he would welcome competition from ‘senior’ players as he bids for European glory with England’s Under-21s.

Redmond has been a key player as Gareth Southgate’s side progressed to next summer’s European Under-21 Championships in the Czech Republic.

It’s likely the squad will be supplemented by some of Roy Hodgson’s younger squad players – but while that may put Redmond’s place in danger, the City winger welcomes the competition.

All he has on his mind is being part of an England team which can win some silverware.

“We would be pleased because it’s not as if we are strangers to those, we stay at the same place as them, St George’s Park, we train on opposite pitches, we see them all the time,” said Redmond, who has been capped 18 times at under-21 level and scored five goals, four of which have come in the Euro 2015 qualifiers, including a hat-trick against Wales.

“We’ve had Ross Barkley in the group, we’ve had Luke Shaw in the group, we’ve had Wilfried Zaha, we’ve had Ravel (Morrison), Raheem (Sterling) two seasons ago.

“So we all know each other at the end of the day and we all know how capable we can be if we were lucky enough to have those players come in for the championships so I think it would be a good idea to have a couple of them.

“You never know what’s going to happen with team selections and squad selections but if it helps us to achieve the goal of winning the European Championships, then I’m all for it.

“The championships will be a good experience. I was lucky enough to go to the one in Israel a couple of seasons ago, that was a good experience.

“It wasn’t the tournament that we had planned (losing all three group games) but this time round we’ve got a new batch of players, we finished the qualifying stages very well.”

Hodgson has been criticised by some for revealing that Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling was feeling ‘tired’ ahead of England’s recent Euro 2016 qualifier in Estonia.

Sterling, an exciting winger in a similar mould to Redmond, eventually came off the bench to help England win that game 1-0 but that has not prevented discussions about the amount of football young players are asked to play nowadays.

Redmond, who is likely to have his own stamina tested this season and next summer in the Czech Republic, is confident he will be able to combat possible tiredness to continue

playing for the Young Lions.

“No player can go through a season without having a little niggle or little injuries,” Redmond said.

“I missed maybe four weeks of the season, a two-week gap each, myself last year so you can never be 100 per cent fit for every single game.”

11 comments

  • PS, MB. Ethnicist seems ok then. So can we discuss CJ being ethnistically abused? And preferably before the ale begins to flow. Just needs a board which caters for us dullards.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Bit confused MB. The headline talks of including "Seniors". Does that mean over age or players from the first team squad who also happen to be under 21. If the latter then Roy has to decide if he wants to win the cup or be fair to those who got them this far. If the former then the rules are daft.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • They should all be U-21 players, at whatever juncture is decreed. And it should apply to every participating country. Which brings us to the non-existence of a `Reserve League` in domestic football. I wonder if Archie might allow "ethnicist"?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • If CJ has been victim of a (won't use the word) slur and is unable to prove it the issue could be a burden. I hope however he will channel his anger in a positive way and use it to raise his game. Back on topic, I think playing the seniors, or not, begs the question are we (England) in it to win it?

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Archie has decided only he can comment on the CJ issue. The rest of us are not grown up enough, it seems. Typical.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Re CJ: no idea. Every comment I read was quite rightly sympathetic and respectful. I don't think anyone vilified Bellusci either - we don't know what was said - but Cameron looked well upset.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Sounds to me that Nathan's talking himself into a spell on the sidelines .......... what with an U21 fixture mid-November, and niggles and injuries expected. Don't agree the seniors should 'step down' just to compete in the Euro's though (cake and eat it springs to mind)

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Blocked too Lincs ........ spooky goings on !

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Lincs, prob due to the case being opened and investigated by the FA which if found guilty could I guess lead to more serious proceedings .... maybe? Shouldn't stop opinions being voiced though

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Why is there no comments facility on the new Cameron Jerome article? Tried to post views via this board but blocked.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Does anything matter more than the greed is good PL? NO. And that is what will determine whether England are allowed to take their best players. It makes me wonder at times why all cup competitions are not scrapped. I mean even our own club sends out the reserves to compete in domestic cups. On another issue I see Archie has a new article about Leeds convicted fraudster owner defending his player on raci sm allegations but there is no facility for comments (at least not when I saw it). Feel sorry for Jerome on this one because I have no doubt he heard something to offend, proof will be his problem. As I said before if proven the offending player has to receive a hefty ban, a view very much contrary to one regular poster who thinks such abuse is the equivalent to sledging in cricket and that players should man up.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

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